Tell Me About:
Revellers, Carpet Knights
Copyright 1998 by Greg Jensen
NB: The Children of
the Vine were introduced in the Book of Chaos
The Party Eternal...
"Greetings, and welcome to our celebration! Please, make yourself at home. Eat, drink and be merry! What? Why are we celebrating? Hmmph! As if we require a reason for revelry. Actually, we are celebrating a momentous event, although usually we celebrate for the sake of having a party. Today's date marks the day when we split from Society of Sensation. Oh, did I forget to mention our sect? It must be this wine. You must try some. Here have a glass...No? Don't mind if I do. Now where was I? Oh, yes, the Children of the Vine.
"You're nothing but a worthless bubber!"
- Common insult levelled at a Reveller
"What about you? Do you wish to join us and seek nothing but your own pleasure? No? You say we are selfish and irresponsible? Maybe so. But there are worse things to be. We try only to create happiness. We cannot stand suffering, in ourselves or others. I think it very sad to see so many berks wasting their miserable lives, toiling for a future that may never come. I wish I could convince them, too, to live in the moment and embrace their own happiness. Tomorrow it may be too late. That is why today...we celebrate."
-- Factol Moreus at one of many Children of the Vine parties
The Childern of the Vine
The Children of the Vine, also known as Revellers and Carpet Knights, are members of a sect that first sprang up on Arborea. Many Sensates became enamoured of the pleasures of the Gilded Hall, and sought only self-gratification. The most degenerate of these hedonists broke off from the Sensates on the example of Moreus, a former Sensate factol. The Society of Sensation, in turn, was not exactly sad to see these folks go. Their faction has enough of a reputation for pleasure-seekers as it is. Those who were honest (and barmy) enough to admit that they cared only for pleasure and not for learning the truth joined the Revellers under the leadership of Moreus.
Male human planar
"If it feels good, do it...and do it...and do it some more!"
- Factol Moreus
Moreus grew up in the burg of Polykeptolon in Arborea. While not unintelligent, Moreus quickly grew dissatisfied with the philosophical pursuits of his hometown. The son of an aristocrat, he had every luxury growing up. However, this only whetted his appetite for more. When the town expelled some unwanted Bacchae, Moreus left with them. He came to the temple of Dionysus in Olympus, and became a follower of the god of wine. His natural talent for carousing quickly allowed Moreus to rise in rank in Dionysus' cult, as well as allowing him to gain influence in the Society of Sensation. His account of his falling out with the Society is accurate.
Embrace pleasure; nothing else is worth your time. Nothing should be denied. Every whim and impulse should be acted upon, every desire or need fulfilled. What use is the philosophy of the greatest sages? Has it made them happy? Why seek anything less than ecstasy?
Principal Plane of Influence
The true home of the Revellers is in Arborea. They are found most frequently on this plane. They have been spreading through other planes on the chaotic side of the great ring, however, especially those members with more selfish and sinister tastes in pleasure.
Allies and Enemies
The Revellers are still on very good terms with the Sensates. They also share many beliefs with the Transcendent Order, although the Ciphers try to make their whims a bit more enlightened than the Children of the Vine. The Bleak Cabal also admires this sect's stance on finding the "truth" to be a meaningless pursuit. The Dustmen consider the Carpet Knights to be hopelessly lost in their own childish attachment to the pleasures of "life," and the Harmonium and Mercykillers consider them to be dangerous deviants upsetting the moral fabric of society.
There are no lawful Children of the Vine. Other than this restriction, any character who desires to seek self-gratification can join. Evil Revellers don't care who they harm to experience pleasure (and often have a sadistic streak), while good-aligned Revellers try to spread happiness to others as well as to themselves.
Children of the Vine are remarkably able to resist the negative consequences of their reckless lifestyles. Members gain a +2 to all saves versus all poisons, toxins, and diseases.
All Revellers have some form of addiction to a pleasurable activity. The player of a Reveller character must choose some vice that the character will seek out irrationally, and will be unable to function well without (-2 to all attack rolls, proficiency checks, saves, and ability checks; +2 to Armour class/ day without addiction). The DM must approve all addiction choices, as they should be sufficiently debilitating as to make this an actual weakness, but not enough to make the character unplayable. Suggestions include alcohol or other drugs, sexual activity, gluttonous behaviour, or gambling.